The Anxiety/Stress Management Program

The Anxiety/Stress Management Program and Support Group Offered at Specialized Therapy Associates Everyone worries from time to time, but sometimes anxiety can become all-consuming, inhibiting everyday life. Most of us have experienced anxiety at some point in our lives. It is a normal response to threatening situations. Under certain circumstances, anxiety can actually help us [...]

The Stigma of Medication: Don’t Feel Bad about it

The world we live in is obsessed with success and what it means to be successful and the stigma of medication. It is easy to see why some people view a setback or a mistake as a failure. It can be a blow to an individual's ego and self-esteem if they think this way and [...]

Mindfulness for Children and Adolescents

Mindfulness has become almost a buzzword in our culture. Mindfulness is being aware of the present moment without judgment. Current research has found that there are practical applications for mindfulness in therapy.  Karen Hooker and Iris Fodor's 2008 article on mindfulness and children provides practical examples for how to teach children mindfulness skills. Children and [...]

Keys to Communication

While there are several factors that contribute to a healthy relationship, communication is key to maintaining and strengthening a relationship. Sometimes, we can face turbulence in our relationships when we struggle with stress, mental health disorders, or addiction. Without effective communication, all relationships, whether adults or adolescents, are at risk for conflicts. Maintaining our relationships with our significant others, [...]

Achieving Your Goals

We often get stuck trying to achieve our goals. We set off with noble intentions. We’ll decide that we’re going to start working out, eating healthy, go back to school, move out, obtain financial security or even just simply learn a new hobby. We see other people toting their successes and achievements and yet somewhere, [...]

Don’t Munch On Feelings: Stop Stress Eating

Don't munch on feelings. Often we munch on feelings when we don't have useful tools to cope with distressful feelings. If you’ve identified yourself as someone who uses food to avoid and soothe a distressful emotion, then you may lack the necessary, non-food-related, tools to cope. Making this change is challenging as food is a [...]

The 5 Love Languages

Do you ever feel like no matter how much 'love' you provide to your partner that nothing is ever enough? Do you 'know' your partner loves you but you don't 'feel' it all the time? Perhaps you and your partner's love languages are out of sync. Love Languages? What is that?  Isn't just saying I love you enough? It's [...]

Recovering from Addiction: How to Survive

When many people think of Recovering from Addiction, they envision attending a 28-day rehabilitation facility, daily Alcoholic/Narcotic Anonymous meetings, and never being able to drink or use again. Unfortunately, this stigma often scares people off from admitting they are struggling with addiction and getting the help they need. Have you ever thought to yourself  "I [...]

Emotional Eating: Am I Guilty of it?

Why do we eat?  It seems like a simple enough question with a simple answer; to stay alive and fuel our body.  However, we know that the answer is sometimes not so simple.  Eating is tied to life events, to bring people together, to celebrations and holidays and for many people, eating is a way [...]

Caring for someone with an Eating Disorder

Finding out someone you love or care about is suffering from an Eating Disorder can be a shocking and scary discovery. It can be difficult to know what to do in that situation or how to help him or her. Even though you may not know how to react in the situation it is important [...]

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